Child Development Center
Fort Carson, CO
With Cheyenne Mountain as the backdrop, this state-of-the-art Child Development Center for Fort Carson provides diverse programs for children ages 6-10 years. Care is available before and after school, and all day during school holidays and summer breaks. Its close proximity to an elementary and middle school helps create a walkable community. Constrained to the Army Center of Standardization layout for Child Development Centers, the design team challenged themselves to create a unique, inviting building that responds to the existing architectural character of Fort Carson. The design meets the military's stringent security standards, while successfully creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere for adults and children alike.
Building massing, vibrant and playful interior colors, and warm exterior colors and textures elevate the design beyond the typical Army child development center. A two story atrium with full height storefront glazing announces the facility’s main entry. Horizontal lines and canopies on the exterior bring the building down to a more appropriate scale for children. Cascading roof planes emphasize building volumes that create a hierarchy of interesting interior and exterior spaces. Clerestory windows with varying ceiling heights bring natural light into the building and are placed on the northern face to provide an even filtered daylight into the multi-purpose room and the main atrium.
AIA People's Choice Award